Jim Snee is chairman of the board, president and chief executive officer of Hormel Foods, a global branded food company with over $9 billion in annual revenue across 75 countries worldwide.
In its 128-year history, Hormel Foods has earned a reputation as one of the most successful and admired Fortune 500 food companies in the world. Guided by its purpose of Inspired People – Inspired Food, 20,000 team members at Hormel Foods are inspired not only by the food they make, but by the difference they are making in the world. The company’s brands include SKIPPY®, SPAM®, Hormel® Natural Choice®, Applegate®, Justin’s®, Columbus®, Wholly Guacamole®, Hormel® Black Label® and more than 30 other beloved brands.
Hormel Foods is a member of the S&P 500 Index and the S&P 500 Dividend Aristocrats, and was named one of Fortune magazine’s Most Admired Food Companies and one of Forbes’ World’s Best Employers. In 2018, the company donated more than $15 million to causes such as hunger, cancer research and education, earning it a spot on “The 100 Best Corporate Citizens” list of Corporate Responsibility Magazine for the 11th year in a row, among numerous other awards and accolades for its corporate responsibility and community service efforts.
Jim is only the 10th president and chief executive officer in the company’s history. During his tenure as CEO, he has led the company’s evolution as a global branded food company and its growing reputation as an award-winning corporate citizen by focusing on the food the company makes and the difference it makes in the world. His career with Hormel Foods spans more than a quarter century. He joined the company in 1989 and assumed roles of increasing responsibility throughout its divisions and at the company’s global headquarters. Jim was named vice president of affiliated business units in 2008, and in 2011 he advanced to leader of Hormel Foods International, overseeing the company’s growing global portfolio. He was named president and chief operating officer in October 2015 and chief executive officer in October 2016. He was elected chairman of the board in October 2017.
Jim is active in numerous industry and nonprofit boards and organizations, including the Republic Services (NYSE: RSG) board of directors and the executive board for the Thielen Foundation.
Jim earned a bachelor of arts degree in marketing from New Mexico State University (Las Cruces, N.M.) and a master’s degree in business administration from the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minn. He has also participated in Harvard Business School’s executive leadership and management programs.